Fred Dickey, Jr. began his career in funeral service during high school, working as a driver and attendant at Nieto Funeral Home in 1968. After graduating from J.W. Nixon High School in 1969, he attended Commonwealth College of Science where he graduated as a licensed funeral director.
In 1971, Fred went to work for Cage-Mills Funeral Directors in Corpus Christi before moving back to Laredo to work for Joe Jackson-Heights Funeral Chapel as a funeral director and embalmer in 1972. In 1975, he went to work for Jackson Funeral Home, a SCI facility, as an assistant manager and worked his way up to manager of both Jackson Funeral Home in Laredo and Jackson Chapel in Zapata. In 1991, Fred purchased Nieto Funeral Home and, in 2007 he acquired Buitron Funeral Home, changing the name to Fred Dickey Funeral and Cremation Services.
Fred was a charter board member of Laredo Crimestoppers in 1980. He served on the Board of Trustees of First Assembly of God from 1983 to 1986 and 2001 to 2005. He now attends Grace Bible Church. Fred is married to his high school sweetheart, Sadie, and has three children, Fred III, Christy, and Sara. When not working, he enjoys playing guitar, and he loves watching and attending Texas Longhorns football games.